Town Manager's Office
At its Aug. 25, 2020, meeting, theIndian Trail Town Council officially selected Michael (Mike) McLaurin as the new Town Manager. McLaurin assumed his new responsibilities on Aug. 31.
“On behalf of our Town Council, I congratulate Mr. McLaurin on his selection after a rigorous search process,” said Mayor Michael Alvarez. “We considered many well-qualified candidates and deliberated carefully, but we found the best-qualified candidate close to home. Mike McLaurin is an experienced and resourceful manager, with a strong educational background. His years of experience as a town manager will allow him to do an excellent job for our citizens.”
McLaurin has many years of local government experience. He is well known in Union County, having served as Waxhaw Town Manager from 2007 through April 2014. Since then he has served as interim manager in four North Carolina cities and towns—Claremont (twice), Oxford, Angier and Selma. Public service as a town manager runs in his family—his brother Bob McLaurin served as Town Manager in Vail, Colorado and Jackson, Wyoming, and retired in 2018.
McLaurin also teaches undergraduate political science courses as a part-time lecturer at UNC-Charlotte. Early in his career, he worked as a communicator/supervisor with the Charlotte Police Department. Then he served as a staff member of the Centralina Council of Governments in Charlotte for 22 years, assisting local governments in the nine-county region.
McLaurin earned a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC-Charlotte, after completing an associate in arts degree in law enforcement from Central Piedmont Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Pfeiffer University.
He is a native of Laurinburg, which is named for his family. He and wife Catherine live in east Charlotte.